Janacek: Violin Sonata

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Spectrum

Spectrum


Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Kreisler:

Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta

Schubert:

Grand Duo for Violin and Piano in A Major, D574

Stravinsky:

Divertimento (transcription for violin & piano by Stravinsky & Samuel Dushkin from Le Baiser de la Fée)


Benjamin Beilman (violin), Yekwon Sunwoo (piano)

For his debut as an exclusive Warner Classics artist, the 26-year-old American violinist Benjamin Beilman has chosen four contrasting, yet complementary works that span the Viennese and Slavic repertoires and the 19th and 20th centuries. Appropriately, the album is entitled Spectrum.

Joining him on the album is his regular duo partner, the pianist Yekwon Sunwoo – a fellow alumnus of Philadelphia’s prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. Yekwon and I have performed these pieces together for years,” explains Beilman. “As we looked to choose the repertoire for our debut album, we realised that the four works featured on Spectrum – while seemingly disparate at first glance – share many common bonds. The natural lyricism and tenderness of the Schubert [Sonata in A major D. 574 ‘Grand Duo’] highlights the moments of intimacy in the Janáček [Sonata for violin & piano], which so often expresses pure violence and terror.

Stravinsky's dance rhythms and insistent pulse [Divertimento from Le baiser de la fée] are echoed in the waltz section of the Kreisler [Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta].”

Benjamin Beilman is more than ready to explore the many colours and expressive possibilities that the music on Spectrum opens to him – and to evoke them with the finest technical nuances. He first attracted wide attention by winning the 2010 Montréal International Musical Competition with an epic among violin concertos, the Sibelius. Since then, the reviews that he has amassed from the critics of the New York Times provide an insight into his distinctive and multi-faceted artistic personality: “handsome technique, burnished sound” … “dark chocolate sound and lyricism” … “a passionate performer with a deep, rich tone” … “bold sound” … “muscular with a glint of violence”. The newspaper summed up his partnership with Yekwon Sunwoo in a description of their interpretation of Brahms’s Violin Sonata No. 3: “a passionate and expressive performance, with the turbulent outbursts balanced with introspective poise by this youthful, but musically mature, duo." Around the time of his Montréal victory, meanwhile, the Philadelphia Inquirer described Beilman as “poised and monstrously talented” and, in 2012 praised his compelling performance” of Bruch’s well-loved Violin Concerto No 1, emphasising that “the brain behind the sound burst with ideas”.

Beilman started learning the violin at the age of five and went on to study as a teenager with the distinguished teachers Roland and Almita Vamos in Chicago. At the Curtis Institute his main professor was Ida Kavafian, but he has also studied with Pamela Frank. More recently, he took lessons at the Kronberg Academy in Germany with Christian Tetzlaff.

As a soloist, he has performed in Europe with such orchestras as the London Philharmonic, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Tonhalle Zurich, Basel Symphony and London Contemporary Orchestra, in Asia with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, and in North America with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal, Indianapolis Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Dallas Symphony and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He is also an avid chamber musician, appearing regularly with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York and on tour, and at such festivals as Music@Menlo, Marlboro, Santa Fe, Seattle Chamber Music, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Verbier. His appearances as a recitalist include Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, festivals in Tokyo and Beijing, and, in Europe, Wigmore Hall in London, the Berlin Philarmonie and the Zurich Tonhalle.

“In the opening phrases of the Schubert, Benjamin Beilman is unashamedly Romantic, with vibrato used throughout, discreet portamentos and a seamless legatos…there’s no doubting the technical accomplishment of both players and the scherzo is a tour de force” BBC Music Magazine, May 2016 ***

“[Plowright] wins out with his flawless musicality...Unhesitatingly recommended.” International Piano *****

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Shostakovich, Janacek & Bloch: Violin Sonatas

Shostakovich, Janacek & Bloch: Violin Sonatas


Bloch, E:

Violin Sonata No. 2 ‘Poème mystique'

Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Shostakovich:

Violin Sonata, Op. 134


Midori (violin) & Ozgür Aydin (piano)

Midori makes her debut on ONYX with three 20th-century violin sonatas: Bloch’s seldom heard 2nd sonata ‘Poéme mystique’, Janácek’s sonata of 1914-21 and Shostakovich’s late G major sonata of 1968, a stark masterpiece composed for David Oistrakh and Sviatoslav Richter.

Midori made her debut at the age of 11 as a surprise guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta in 1982. She is recognised as an extraordinary performer, a devoted and gifted educator, and an innovative community engagement activist. In 2007, Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General named Midori a UN Messenger of Peace.

Writing about these works Midori says, "These are three works that interweave the anxieties or the modern world condition with much hope for the future. In the end, the music fills us with a great feeling or warmth and compassion while not shying away from what must be confronted".

“Midori’s playing in these three satisfyingly aligned 20th-century violin and piano sonatas is imbued not just with a keen beauty, but somehow with a thoughtfulness...Janacek’s fascinatingly inventive and searching four-movement sonata (1922) is the disc’s deeply rewarding centrepiece.” Sunday Times, 13th October 2013

“All are works of angst and emotion. Midori honours these three composers with playing of technical precision and eloquence.” The Observer, 27th October 2013 ***

“These are very fine performances by two players who not only have an affinity for this repertoire, but play with a shared purpose. They listen to each other and appear to be on the same wavelength, delivering performances which are compelling and captivating...this recording is marked with distinction.” MusicWeb International, 29th November 2013

“[Midori's] veiled tone and impeccable intonation lure us into Bloch's world...Throughout [the Janacek] she isn't afraid to dig hard into the strings, but she also knows when to mine the seam of lyricism below the music's surface.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 *****

“Midori brings her highly accomplished manner to three works very different in their demands...Midori is really at her best in Bloch's Second Violin Sonata, with its long, rhapsodic lines and gently reflective manner, gracefully phrased and expounded here.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

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Vadim Repin & Nikolai Lugansky: Violin Sonatas

Vadim Repin & Nikolai Lugansky: Violin Sonatas


Franck, C:

Violin Sonata in A major

Grieg:

Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, Op. 13

Janacek:

Violin Sonata


Vadim Repin (violin) & Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

Vadim Repin and his pianist partner Nikolai Lugansky have just recorded a compilation of three magnificent but utterly different Romantic violin sonatas.

The overtly emotional Franck sonata is the new album’s centrepiece, and also the work that the two artists have played together most often. By contrast, says Vadim Repin, the “Janáček is the most intimate and emotional music you could imagine. Then the Grieg is another substance again. It’s somehow like 19th-century Mozart – very truthful, natural writing. His emotions are really direct reflections.” And about the recording as a whole, Repin exclaims: ”This is a documentary of two people who perform together and love this music.”

“Fiery commitment and technical aplomb,” declared the New York Times reviewing Repin/Lugansky live, while the Los Angeles Times dubbed them “the high-powered Repin-Lugansky team” and, after a recital including the Franck, the Boston Globe reported that “they left their audience cheering after every piece... Each seems more interested in exploring the personalities of the composers than in making a parade of his own”.

This is chamber music-making on the highest level. Vadim Repin will, of course, continue to perform these three sonatas live, whenever possible with Nikolai Lugansky: “I feel a great connection to his sense of phrasing. It is something I can always be confident to be part of, to follow or to take the idea further. We trust each other.” The two artists’ exceptional chemistry and mutual understanding are clearly audible in this remarkable new recording.

“Repin’s and Lugansky’s subtlety of expression is a major factor in making this so outstanding, so ravishing and so spine-tingling. Both musicians give of their utmost and, when the musicians in question are Repin and Lugansky, that makes for something exceptional.” The Telegraph, 15th October 2010 *****

“The obvious empathy that exists between these two artists...brings enormous dividends to this warmly recorded programme. It's so easy to become complacent in such a well-worn work as the Franck. But Repin and Lugansky overcome any hint of routine...Superb.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 *****

“The Franck is discursive and lingering, but Repin and Lugansky plot a lucid pathway through its labyrinth of interlocking, dovetailing themes...in the finale [of the Grieg] Repin's pinhead-subtle expressive slides between notes is delightful...Repin and Lugansky match ardent physicality with rare musical intelligence.” Classic FM Magazine, December 2010 *****

“As presented by Vadim Repin and Nikolai Lugansky, Janáček's Violin Sonata becomes unambiguously a late-romantic work, almost overfilled with emotion, and milked for every bit of its expressive...The playing and the sense of ensemble are both magnificent...[In the first movement of the Franck] their playing has much more refinement and a sense of light and shade” The Guardian, 2nd December 2010 ***

“This is one of the finest performances I have ever heard of the Janacek, played with breathtaking conviction and an utterly persuasive grasp of Janacek's idiom...Their new disc is worth getting for this performance of the Janacek alone, but the rest is every bit as impressive” International Record Review, December 2010

“it's impossible not to respond to this vital, wholehearted playing” Gramophone Magazine, March 2011

“Repin brings great sensitivity to the music, and Nikolai Lugansky deftly handles Franck's formidably difficult piano part (written, like those of Rachmaninov, by a man whose huge hands let him easily reach a twelfth at the keyboard!)” David Smith, Presto Classical, 13th March 2015

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Dohnányi & Janácek - Violin Sonatas

Dohnányi & Janácek - Violin Sonatas


Dohnányi:

Violin Sonata in C sharp minor, Op. 21

Ruralia Hungarica for Violin and Piano, Op. 32c

Suite for Orchestra Op. 19 - 3rd Movement

arr. Jascha Heifetz

Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Dumka for violin and piano

Romance for violin and piano

Allegro (discarded movement from Violin Sonata)

On An Overgrown Path (A blown-away leaf)

arr. Jan Štedron


Hagai Shaham (violin) & Arnon Erez (piano)

Hagai Shaham and Arnon Erez have been enthusiastically acclaimed for their dazzling duo performances: their infectiously relaxed bravado and continual flexibility belying their impeccable ensemble. For their latest disc they turn to two composers who are seminal figures in the development of Eastern European music during the early twentieth century.

Dohnányi was one of the pivotal figures in Hungary’s musical life. He composed a number of significant pieces for the violin, including two violin concertos; his most important chamber work for violin and piano is the Violin Sonata in C sharp minor Op 21, composed in 1912. Dohnányi was by then thirty-five years of age, and the Sonata is a fully mature work showing his individual development of stylistic traits of Brahms and Liszt combined with a structural economy which reflects the close study of Brahms’s sonatas. Also recorded here is Dohnányi’s most overtly folk-influenced work, Ruralia hungarica, and a movement from his First Orchestral Suite, in F sharp minor Op 19, Romanza, arranged as a thoroughly idiomatic piece for violin and piano by Jascha Heifetz.

In the first days of World War I Dohnányi’s native Hungary was invaded by the Russian army, which seemed for a time to herald the end of Austrian dominance in the region. This portentous event provided the creative spark for Leoš Janácek’s Violin Sonata (his only surviving violin sonata; two very early ones he composed in Dresden and Vienna in 1880 are lost), at least according to Janácek himself. Other works by Janácek heard in this recital include early pieces from his student years, and an arrangement of the delicate mood study ‘A blown-away Leaf’ from the celebrated piano work On the Overgrown Path.

“Ruralia Hungarica draws the most compelling performance, Shaham negotiating the challenging violin pyrotechnics of the outer movements with powerhouse playing as well as delivering a wonderfully atmospheric Andante rubato alla Zingaresca.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 *****

“Shaham is in his element [in the Ruralia hungarica pieces] - the brilliant final piece carefree and dashing in style, the preceding, improvisatory Andante rubato alla zingaresca graceful and stylish...these are all appealing, finely-judged performances.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

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Tzigane: Musique d'Europe Central


Bartók:

Romanian Dances

Bloch, E:

Nigun (Baal Shem No. 2)

Enescu:

Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor, Op. 25 'dans le caractère populaire roumain'

Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Ravel:

Tzigane


Laurent Korcia (viola), Georges Pludermacher (piano)

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Bohemia

Bohemia


Dvorak:

Violin Sonata in F major, Op. 57 (B 106)

Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin & Piano, Op. 75

Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Suk:

Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17


Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin), Huw Watkins (piano)

Tamsin Waley-Cohen is joined by pianist Huw Watkins for a new disc exploring folk-inspired Bohemia from before the First World War – featuring works by Antonin Dvořák, Josef Suk and Leoš Janáček.This disc followsTamsin’s recent critically-praised disc of Roy Harris and John Adams’ Violin Concertos with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as well as previous discs with Huw Watkins exploring some lesser-known gems of the violin and Piano repertoire.

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Brahms & Janacek: Clarinet Sonatas

Brahms & Janacek: Clarinet Sonatas


Brahms:

Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 120 No. 2

Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1

Janacek:

Violin Sonata

arr. For clarient by Shirley Brill


Shirley Brill (clarinet) & Jonathan Aner (piano)

Shirley Brill and Jonathan Aner have performed together as the Brillaner Duo since 1999, giving concerts in Europe (Berlin Philharmonie, Zurich Tonhalle), the USA (Carnegie Hall), Asia (Shanghai Oriental Art Center), Australia and Israel. They regularly appear as guests at the music festivals of Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg- West Pomerania, Rheingau, Heidelberg, the Festival de Radio France et Montpellier and the Jerusalem International Chamber Music Festival.

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Between Orient and Occident

Between Orient and Occident


Bartók:

Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (arr. Székely for violin & piano)

Chausson:

Poème for Violin & Orchestra, Op. 25

Debussy:

Violin Sonata in G minor

Hersant:

Songs of the South - six short pieces for solo violin

Hossein:

Caravan

Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Kamangar:

Once there was and once there wasn't

Komitas:

The Crane


Virgil Boutellis-Taft (violin), Guillaume Vincent (piano)

Described as an 'unrivaled violinist,' 'of fiery temperament', Virgil Boutellis-Taft takes us on a journey from 1896 to 1996, from the date of the premiere of 'Poème', by Chausson, through a selection of pieces down to 'Songs of the South' by Philippe Hersant. The historical borders of Europe and its identity are both questioned and expanded to reach new horizons in a constant back and forth 'Between East and West'.

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From my Homeland

From my Homeland

Czech Impressions


Dvorak:

Romantic Pieces (4) for Violin & Piano, Op. 75

Sonatina for violin and piano in G major, Op. 100: Larghetto

Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Martinu:

Sept Arabesques for Cello & Piano: excerpts

Smetana:

From the Homeland - two duos for violin and piano

Suk:

Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 17


Werner von Schnitzler (violin) & Cosmin Boeru (piano)

In the first half of the 19th century, ‘czech music’ was still limited to single popular genres like songs, choral music or piano music. But in the second half of the 19th century, larger scale music emerged and also music specific connotated ‘Heimatmusik’ (home music). Werner von Schnitzler and Cosmin Boeru present some outstanding examples of this music.

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Colors

Colors


Beethoven:

Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major, Op. 30 No. 1

Debussy:

Beau Soir

(arr. for violin & piano)

Janacek:

Violin Sonata

Prokofiev:

Five Melodies for Violin and Piano, Op. 35b

Vitali, T:

Chaconne in G minor


Jessica Lee (violin), Reiko Uchida (piano)

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